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Mad City -- A normal guy blows his top, and a news reporter turns into a national spectacle.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Tom Matthews (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 November 1997 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
This November, the biggest hostage negotiation is about to begin See more »
Plot:
A disgruntled security guard holds a school trip group hostage, while a news reporter forms a bond with him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
The most underrated film of 1997 See more (63 total) »

Cast

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John Travolta ... Sam

Dustin Hoffman ... Brackett

Mia Kirshner ... Laurie

Alan Alda ... Kevin Hollander

Robert Prosky ... Lou Potts

Blythe Danner ... Mrs. Banks

William Atherton ... Dohlen

Ted Levine ... Lemke

Tammy Lauren ... Miss Rose

William O'Leary ... CTN Junior Executive

Raymond J. Barry ... Dobbins

Lucinda Jenney ... Jenny

Akosua Busia ... Diane

Ebbe Roe Smith ... Bartholomew
Bingwa ... Nat Jackson

Chris Byrne ... KXBD Cameraman
Bobby Brewer ... The Kids
Max Becker ... The Kids
Philip David Robinson ... The Kids
Milton Davis Jr. ... The Kids
Jeremy Espinoza ... The Kids
Nicole Fellows ... The Kids
Victoria Gregson ... The Kids
Molly Hager ... The Kids
Sarah Haney ... The Kids

Kyla Pratt ... The Kids
Paige Tamada ... The Kids
Hannah Vaughan ... The Kids

Dyllan Christopher ... Sam's Son
Kiersten Nally ... Cliff's Daughter
Sylvia Short ... Mrs. Baily

Scanlon Gail ... Bob

Charlie Holliday ... Banker

Kevin Cooney ... Principal

John Landis ... Doctor
Susan Segal ... Tabloid Reporter
Jenna Byrne ... Reporter KMUR

Jason Cottle ... Hollander's Assistant

Randall Batinkoff ... CTN Junior Executive
Julian Wall ... British Reporter
Laura Davis ... Hollander's Producer
Nick Scoggin ... Statz

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Air Force Sergeant

Rueben Grundy ... Reporter Reuben

David Clennon ... Street Preacher

Jay Leno ... Jay Leno
Stephen E. Kaufman ... Hollander's Lawyer

Richard Portnow ... Brackett's Agent
Bill Rafferty ... Bill Gottsegen
Kurt Johnson ... Macho Parent

Susan A. Burig ... Stage Manager (as Susan Burig)
D. Seifert ... Minister (as Pastor D. Seifert)
J.P. Bumstead ... Fisherman
Sean O'Kane ... Lemke's Assistant
Donal O'Sullivan ... Policeman
Lee Ann Manley ... Rachel's Mother

Velina Brown ... Bonnie's Mother
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ... Max's Mother (as Michelle Pelletier)
Patricia Smith ... Jenny's Mother
Adina Goldman ... Lou's Assistant
Roger Shamas ... Hollander's Driver
Stephen Brown ... Hollander's Associate

Richard Gross ... FBI Agent
Adam M. Koppekin ... Assistant
Aaron Lucich ... Sniper
Toian Matchinga ... Mother (as Caryn Matchinga)
Tom Fridley ... Young Man
Christopher Michael Moore ... Bowler #1

Dirk Blocker ... Bowler #2
Pamela S. Laws ... Folk Singers
John Halbleib ... Folk Singers
Shannon L. Linke ... Folk Singers

Eric Wycoff ... Rap Singers

Norman Berry ... Rap Singers
Chad Russell ... Rap Singers
Steven Lazaneo ... Rap Singers
Omar Lima ... Rap Singers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Alch

Lana Antonova ... Young Woman (uncredited)

Allan A. Apone ... Makeup Man (uncredited)

Rick Camp ... Photographer (uncredited)

Shawn Flanagan ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Tim Halpin ... FBI Rooftop Sniper (uncredited)

Larry King ... Larry King (uncredited)

Bill Nunn ... Cliff Williams (uncredited)
Bob Quinn ... Parent of the kidnapped (uncredited)

Rocco Salata ... Bar Patron in Bowling Alley (uncredited)
Maridean Mansfield Shepard ... Nosey Neighbor (uncredited)

Julie Wagner ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Costa-Gavras 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tom Matthews (screenplay)

Tom Matthews (story) &
Eric Williams (story)

Produced by
Stephen Brown .... executive producer
Wolfgang Glattes .... executive producer
Anne Kopelson .... producer
Arnold Kopelson .... producer
Jonathan D. Krane .... executive producer
Linda Warren .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier 
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich 
 
Production Design by
Catherine Hardwicke 
 
Art Direction by
Ben Morahan 
 
Set Decoration by
Jan Pascale 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup department head (as Allan Apone)
Michelle Bühler .... makeup artist (as Michelle Buhler)
Janis Clark .... makeup artist
Susan V. Kalinowski .... hair stylist (as Sue Kalinowski)
Nina Paskowitz .... key hair stylist
Robert Ryan .... makeup artist: Dustin Hoffman
Kyle Thomson .... makeup artist
Nancy Tong .... hair stylist (as Nanxy Tong)
June Westmore .... makeup artist
Alex Proctor .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bill Draper .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kent Genzlinger .... second assistant director
Joe Lotito .... second second assistant director
Dennis Maguire .... first assistant director
Justin Moritt .... second second assistant director: San Jose
Julian Wall .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jenny Baum .... set dresser
Jim Beinke .... special props
Alan Burg .... set dresser
Susan A. Burig .... graphic designer (as Susan Burig)
Doug Crawford .... carpenter
Peter Croyle .... construction gangboss
Mike Cunningham .... assistant property master
Louise Del Araujo .... lead
Carl Denooyer .... labor foreman
Andrea Dopaso .... assistant art director
Matthew D. Egan .... propmaker
Tony Gardner .... special props
Curtis Gutierrez .... set dresser
Steve Lauberth .... set designer
Oliver Levey .... art department assistant
Julie Levine .... construction auditor
Thomas A. O'Conor .... construction crew
Edward V. Pannozzo .... set estimator
John J. Passanante .... standby painter
Lars Petersen .... construction coordinator
Cynthia C. Rebman .... on-set dresser
Brett Tyler .... painter
Charles Vassar .... set designer
Steven C. Voll .... general foreman
Karen Wiswell .... art department researcher
Libby Woolems .... assistant art director (as Elizabeth Woolens)
Mark Worthington .... set designer
Rick Young .... property master
Craig Zumbroegel .... propmaker
 
Sound Department
John S. Coffey .... production sound mixer (as John Coffey)
Pauline Dairou .... dialogue editor
Philippe Escanecrabe .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound re-recording mixer
Jessica Gallavan .... adr supervisor
Meredith Gold .... assistant adr editor
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
Sylvain Lasseur .... sound editor
Bertrand Lenclos .... sound designer
Michael Miller .... adr recordist
Alenka Pavlin .... cable person
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward Tise .... production sound mixer
George Tyson .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Randy Cabral .... special effects foreman
David P. Kelsey .... special effects coordinator (as David Kelsey)
Bryan Smith .... special effects crew
 
Visual Effects by
Dan Carrington .... digital artist
Olivier Cotte .... digital effects artist
Christian Guillon .... visual effects producer
Claire Pegorier .... visual effects
Fred Place .... digital compositor
Christian Rajaud .... digital compositor
François Vagnon .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
Courtney Pakiz .... stunt performer
Mark Riccardi .... stunts
Keith Tellez .... stunt double: Dustin Hoffman
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurie Agard .... videographer
Murray Close .... still photographer
Nathalie Durand .... first assistant camera
Bill Green .... grip
Ronald A. Miller .... rigging grip foreman
Brian Rosso .... best boy grip
Darrell B. Sheldon .... dolly grip
Chris Squires .... Steadicam operator
Chris Squires .... camera operator
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician
Eric Wycoff .... lighting technician
Paul Stapleton-Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Elizabeth Lang .... casting associate
Mia Levinson .... casting associate
Raquel Osborne .... extras casting
Nadine Porterfield .... additional extras casting
Erica Arvold .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denise Cronenberg .... wardrobe: Alan Alda
Jennifer Day Young .... personal costumer: Dustin Hoffman
 
Editorial Department
Bob Allen .... first assistant editor
Shannon Carey .... assistant editor
Hélène de la Morinerie .... assistant editor
Linda DeMarco .... color timer
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Daniel Lawrence .... editor: video unit
Bruno Patin .... color timer
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
 
Transportation Department
Tony Brazas .... driver: Mr. Travolta
Wayne R. Campbell .... transportation coordinator
Dean Winton .... driver
 
Other crew
Daniel Hsu Accomando .... video unit coordinator (as Danny Accomando)
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Tony Brazas .... assistant: Mr. Travolta
Judith M. Brown .... studio teacher
Sam Bruskin .... accounting assistant
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Tracey Cole .... production assistant
Tom Dames .... assistant to executive producer
Chris Debiec .... production coordinator (as Christopher A. Debiec)
Frank J. Ellison .... production accountant
Adina Goldman .... production assistant
Michael Goosen .... first assistant accountant
Matthew Gross .... production executive
Mischa Hausserman .... aerial coordinator
Eric Hedayat .... location manager
Lincoln D. Hiatt .... video unit producer
Adam M. Koppekin .... production assistant
Paul Lucero .... assistant location manager
Elias Madias .... assistant to director
Maria Norman .... executive assistant: Arnold Kopelson
Chris Palzis .... production assistant
Richard Rosenberg .... location manager
Susie Schelling .... medical technical advisor
Kas Self .... stand-in: Mr. Hoffman
Jonathon Slator .... location manager
Susan Steinlauf-Pascal .... unit publicist
Adam M. Stone .... production aide
Susan Such .... executive assistant
Jim Swidarski .... payroll accountant
Jerry Whittington .... location scout
Denise Blasor .... adr (uncredited)
Caroline Martinez .... production office assistant (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for depiction of a hostage situation, including violence and brief language
Runtime:
Argentina:115 min | USA:115 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The woman who plays the cop with the shotgun in the trailer is Teresa O'Kane, actress and author of the book Safari Jema, A Journey of Love and Adventure from Casablanca to Cape Town.See more »
Quotes:
[Sam finally decide's to let the hostages go]
Kevin Hollander:[on megaphone] Sam Baily! You have 5 minutes to let the hostages go!
Sam Baily:Damn. I wanted it to be my idea.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Dustin Hoffman (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Musetta's WaltzSee more »

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28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
The most underrated film of 1997, 28 October 1998
Author: James Culver from Spokane, WA

I'll be the first one to admit that this is not a movie for

everyone- it's not your average mainstream Hollywood movie. However, it IS a brilliant, scathing satire of the media's true power in modern-day society. Instead of going for overkill like the pathetic "Natural Born Killers," this movie uses dark comedy, brilliant performances, and genuine thrills to create one of the most clever and powerful social commentaries to be seen in film in years. If you're expecting a typical Hollywood thriller with a formula plot and a nice, neat ending then you'll be disappointed, but if you're looking for a smart, powerful film with brilliant performances by Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta, then I would recommend this movie. In a time when events like the O.J. Simpson trial make the media's influence in our society more than apparent, it's refreshing to see a movie willing to stare this issue right in the face.

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